This is a very old breed - some believe it has been in existence since before the 17th century. However, it is only since the early 1900s that the breed has been standardized and recognizable as the breed we know today.
The Dutch Bantam is a true bantam, which means it was not developed from a large fowl counterpart. These are tiny birds, weighing barely over one pound, making them one of the smallest of all the bantams.
It is believed that Dutch Bantams were first raised by peasants who were required to give any large eggs to the aristocracy as rent. Since Dutch Bantams lay small eggs, the peasants were able to keep all of them.
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